The past decade has been one of the most volatile periods in global petroleum markets in living memory, and future oil supply security and price levels remain highly uncertain. This poses many questions for the professional activities of planners and urbanists because contemporary cities are highly dependent on petroleum as a transport fuel. How will oil dependent cities respond, and adapt to, the changing pattern of petroleum supplies? What key strategies should planners and policy makers implement in petroleum vulnerable cities to address the challenges of moving beyond oil? How might a shift away from petroleum provide opportunities to improve or remake cities for the economic, social and environmental imperatives of twenty-first-century sustainability?

Such questions are the focus of contributors to this book with perspectives ranging across the planning challenge: overarching petroleum futures, governance, transition and climate change questions, the role of various urban transport nodes and household responses, ways of measuring oil vulnerability, and the effects on telecommunications, ports and other urban infrastructure. This comprehensive volume – with contributions from and focusing on cities in Australia, the UK, the US, France, Germany, the Netherlands and South Korea – provides key insights to enable cities to plan for the age beyond petroleum.

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chapter 1|8 pages

Investigating cities after oil: Planning for systemic urban oil vulnerability

ByJago Dodson, Neil Sipe, Anitra Nelson

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Part I Energy horizons

chapter 2|11 pages

A stormy petroleum horizon: Cities and planning beyond oil

ByJago Dodson

chapter 3|13 pages

The paradox of oil: The cheaper it is, the more it costs

BySamuel Alexander

chapter 5|13 pages

Energy security and oil vulnerability responses

ByJago Dodson, Neil Sipe

chapter 6|10 pages

Post-petroleum urban justice

ByWendy Steele, Lisa de Kleyn and Katelyn Samson

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Part II Transport and land use

chapter 7|13 pages

Walking the city

ByJohn Whitelegg

chapter 8|13 pages

Cycling potential in dispersed cities

ByJennifer Bonham, Matthew Burke

chapter 9|14 pages

Children’s active transport: An upside of oil vulnerability?

ByScott Sharpe, Paul Tranter

chapter 10|16 pages

Public transport networks in the post-petroleum era

ByJohn Stone, Paul Mees

chapter 11|19 pages

Oil and mortgage vulnerability in Australian cities

ByJago Dodson, Neil Sipe

chapter 12|9 pages

Outer suburbs, car dependence and residential choice in France

ByBenjamin Motte-Baumvol, Leslie Belton-Chevallier

chapter 13|10 pages

Greenspace after petroleum: From freeways to greenways

ByJason Byrne

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Part III Urban systems

chapter 14|14 pages

Local energy plans for transitions to a low carbon future

ByBrendan F. D. Barrett, Ralph Horne

chapter 15|9 pages

Motor vehicle fleets in oil vulnerable suburbs: A prospect of technology innovations

ByTiebei Li, Neil Sipe, Jago Dodson

chapter 16|17 pages

Energy for cities

ByCheryl Desha, Angela Reeve

chapter 17|13 pages

The role of telecommunication in post-petroleum planning

ByTooran Alizadeh

chapter 18|13 pages

Peak oil: Challenges and changes for the air transport industry

ByDouglas Baker, Nicholas Stevens and Md. Kamruzzaman

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chapter 19|7 pages

Planning and petroleum futures: Research directions

ByNeil Sipe, Jago Dodson, Anitra Nelson